What's Happening

Songs of Resistance and Hope by Jane Wilburn Sapp

Encouraging voting on Instagram | Facebook 

In the vodcast, Jane Sapp offers specific songs to support the current demands for racial justice and explores how songs can energize the movement. #votedeis 

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Join: Creative Approaches to Transitional Justice Conversations Series

(in partnership with Acts of Listening LabCenter for Oral History and Digital Storytelling at Concordia University)


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CAST Commitments, in Solidarity with Black Lives Matter

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Relaunch of Acting Together on the World Stage Website - Multi-media educational initiative

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IMPACT: IMAGINING TOGETHER
Platform for Arts, Culture and Conflict Transformation

Designing an infrastructure for the field

Read more.

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2019-2020 Annual Report: Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST)

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Highlights

 

Buffer Fringe Performing Arts Festival in Nicosia, Cyprus

2020 theme - “Displacement: people, ideas and artistic practice”

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Featured News from the Field Theme:

"The Art of Getting Out the Vote in the United States"

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"Creative Approaches to Climate Change"

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Past News from the Field Theme:"Arts, Artists and Demands for Racial Justice"

 

"Navigating the Nexus of Arts and Peace" book authored by Carrie Herbert, Suyheang Kry, Raymond Hyma, Dona Park, and María Antonia Pérez

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‘White Savior’ by internationally acclaimed playwright Catherine Filloux Premieres at Pygmalion Productions 
Read the press release for details. 

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The cultural mobilization of cities and local governments in the COVID-19 crisis
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Exquisite Corps (42 choreographers, 1 dance)
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Special Edition: "Creative Approaches to Transitional Justice: the Contributions of Art and Culture"
The International Journal of Transitional Justice
Guest edited by Dr. Cynthia Cohen and featuring:

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Past News from the Field Theme: "Creative responses to the global pandemic"


Past News from the Field Theme: "Artistic and cultural dimensions of protest movements around the globe"


Article: Let’s make a better world: policy implications of the cultural work practice of Jane Wilburn Sapp
Journal of Arts Education Policy Review
October 26, 2019
Dr. Cynthia Cohen
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Video: Fate, Family and the Floundering of a Friendship
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Past News from the Field Theme: "The Impact of Authoritarian Regimes on Artistic Freedom and Expression"


Songbook: Let’s Make a Better World: Stories and Songs by Jane Sapp
*Purchase Now!*
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And listen to the related podcast series.


Sarah Terrazano wins Academy of American Poets Prize


Past News from the Field Theme: "Artists Respond to Climate Change"

Past News from the Field Theme: "Creative Reflections on Human Migration"

 

Professor Cynthia Cohen Solves the World's Problems with Creativity
The Brandeis Hoot
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"Arts and Building Peace: The Basics and Envisioning the Future"
Essay by Cynthia Cohen
Peace in Progress Magazine
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Interview with Lee Perlman about the
book “But Abu Ibrahim, We’re Family!”
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Read more News from the Field.

Acting Together Documentary

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Watch the preview!


Find "Acting Together" screenings near you.

About Us

The program in Peacebuilding and the Arts is directed by Dr. Cynthia Cohen, continuing work previously undertaken within the framework of ‘Creative Approaches to Coexistence and Reconciliation.' Our program focuses on the distinctive contributions of culture and the arts to the transformation of conflict. We collaborate with several departments and programs at Brandeis University, including MusicUnitesUS, PAX (Peace, Conflict and Coexistence Studies), the School of Creative Arts, and the Office of the Arts.

One current major initiative is "IMPACT: Imagining Together," which is designing infrastructure for the field, a platform for arts, culture, and conflict transformation supported in large part by Porticus Community Arts Lab. The planning phase in 2017-2019 was supported by  Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Another current major initiative is "A Way Out of No Way," a multi-media project that is documenting the forty-year practice of cultural work of the extraordinary musician, educator, activist and cultural worker, Jane Wilburn Sapp

The "Acting Together" Project is undertaken in partnership with Theatre Without Borders and ReCAST, Inc.


Peacebuilding and the Arts is part of Brandeis University's International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life. The Ethics Center also houses a program in international justice and sponsors an array of programs on the Brandeis campus.